In store, we occasionally purchase gently used computers from customers that we are able to refurbish and sell. Laptops are our most popular purchase, but we do get desktops, especially gaming systems. As with just about anything, people really love to personalize their items.

Personalization is a great thing. It’s fun to learn about people through their choices in stickers, colors, quotes, etc. We spend time and money picking out a case for our phone that matches what we want. Why not do the same for your computer?

Removing personalization is the not so fun process. If has a sticky side to it, chances are we’ve seen it stuck on a computer. Regular stickers are very hard to get off. It takes a lot of time and elbow grease to remove them. The longer they have been on the more they want to stay stuck. When you try to pull them off, the stickers rip into tiny pieces with the backing left behind. You will spend a long time pulling tiny strips with little results. Unfortunately, this process can cause you to scratch the case. Even if you get the sticker material off, you are left with a sticky outline of what used to be there.

We don’t really have a shortcut to this process. You just kind of have to put in the labor. We do, however, recommend a sticky remover such as Goo Gone. It really does help make the removal process go a bit easier. It definitely removes the sticky substance sticker removal leaves behind. Personally, we have found the Goo Gone wipes to not be as messy. Once you have the sticky residue removed, you just have to remove the Goo Gone.

The best option for computer personalization is vinyl. Vinyl lettering or stickers are much easier to remove. The removal process can still be time consuming, but it doesn’t leave behind the same sticky residue of traditional stickers. You probably won’t need to use Goo Gone or something similar after you have removed the vinyl.

Before: Darth Vader Vinyl
After: No more vinyl

After using any type of goo remover, you will need to clean your computer to remove the goo remover. A microfiber cloth and an electronics specific cleaner will do the best job without risking damage to your device. Always power your computer off before doing a physical cleaning.

We are not trying to discourage personalization. We just want you to be aware it will take some work if you want to change your choices or if you are trying to remove personal choices in order to sell your device.

Stay nerdy!


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